Acaena novae-zelandiae

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeAcaenaAcaena novae-zelandiae


A prostrate dwarf perennial herb of freely-draining soil, naturalised in sparsely vegetated sites subject to moderate disturbance. Habitats include sand dunes, cliffs, heaths, conifer plantations on sandy soils, old gravel workings, roadsides and disused railways. Reproduction is from seed, and sometimes from pieces of rooted stolon. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of Australia and New Zealand.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 831

Life form information

Height (cm): 11

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 82

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 9

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 161. Acaena novae-zelandiae T. Kirk,
Gynn, E. G., and Richards A. J.
, Journal of Ecology, Volume 73, p.1055-1063, (1985)

The species of Acaena with spherical heads cultivated and naturalized in the British Isles,
Yeo, P. F.
, Plants wild and cultivated, Appendix III, Hampton, p.193-221, (1973)